THE family of Itai Dzamara yesterday described President Robert Mugabe’s position on the missing activist as “irresponsible and unfortunate.”
BY MOSES MATENGA
It said, despite all the statements and theories peddled by the government and Zanu PF against their relative, they consider the State as their “primary suspect”.
Mugabe’s spokesperson George Charamba was recently quoted saying, the government could not be blamed for the Occupy Africa Unity Square (an anti-Mugabe lobby group) leader’s disappearance.
Charamba dismissed calls for Mugabe to “pronounce himself on the matter as pre-eminently political and thus not worthy of his attention”.
But Dzamara’s brother Patson described Charamba’s utterances as irresponsible and unfortunate.
“For the President to make such statements is irresponsible and unfortunate. As a leader he must be concerned. As far as the coverage in the State media is concerned, we are not surprised. Initially, they wanted to ignore this issue, but because the pressure has increased they are doing their best to cover up,” Patson said.
“In a way, regardless of the negative tangent they obviously assume, keeping this matter in the conversation goes a long way in establishing the truth. So it’s actually a welcome development. We, however, remain adamant that the State is our primary suspect”.
State media yesterday dedicated acres of space trying to show that police had done thorough investigations on the matter and trying to link his disappearance to a concocted MDC-T strategy meant to discredit the State and stir up emotions among citizens.
Dzamara disappeared four months ago in Harare with witnesses saying he was bundled into an Isuzu truck by unknown armed assailants.
The MDC-T, the family and civic society organisations suspected the involvement of State agents in his abduction. Efforts to locate his whereabouts have been fruitless in the days and months that followed including a prayer meeting organised last week seeking divine intervention.
MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai, who was at the prayer meeting along with former war veterans’ leader Jabulani Sibanda, former Zanu PF Mashonaland West chairman Temba Mliswa and thousands of Zimbabweans called on the State to bring back Dzamara “dead or alive.”